What My Night Alone in a Mountain Hotel Taught Me About Business (and Life)

A guest post by Stacie Whitney

A dear friend of mine went to Paris last week, alone.

She’s a fulltime mother, she has her own biz,, and she made it happen – she knew it was important.

You should go away sometime,” my love said to me, on hearing about this. “It would be good for you.”

God, thank you for this man.

Ok, how bout this weekend?” the response just blurted itself out of me.

So I very quickly booked (before any minds were changed – mine especially) a hotel about an hour away, in the mountains.  It was non-refundable.

Granted, it’s not 5 days in Paris, but it’s a start.  Let’s call it a trial, (or that’s what I’m building up in my mind, anyway).

So this busy self-employed, full-time mama, left her wee one waving at the door (too sweet), and boogied (literally, you would’ve loved to see me dancing with the steering wheel – only while stopped at a red light, I swear) herself into the mountains for a last-minute work retreat.   A bit of space and time by myself, to both breathe and focus on my business.

Sounds like heaven to most parents who are entrepreneurs, right?  Cuz we LOVE our businesses – it’s just that most of the time all the other stuff in life can make it feel a bit overwhelming.

Anyway, I discovered a few things about myself when I was holed up in my cozy mountain hotel.. Continue reading

12 New Guidelines for Your 21st Century Conscious Business

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There’s no doubt about it, business has to be done a different way than it has been ever done before. Why? Because we (ie society) will only continue to get what we have always got if we don’t change. And who wants to continue with a system that has become so corrupt, so based on fear, and the poor decisions that fear causes? We are being required to up our game, and at a small business level it is easy to do – it just requires some commitment. Inspired by Cheryl Richardson’s recent blog post, I’ve put together twelve guidelines for 21st century conscious business. Have a look at them below, see what you already do, and what you might like to do; adapt them for yourself, and then commit to behaving this year as a 21st century conscious business owner. Print them out and put them where you can easily see them, and look at them regularly to remind yourself! Continue reading

How to Make Every Working Day a Joyous One

My friend was in tears. Her friend, whom I had met only once briefly, had died after a long and hard struggle with breast cancer.

“She was so beautiful and talented, it seems such a waste!” Megan cried. And of course it was. I reminded Megan of what her friend had said, just days before she passed away: “Never make it a labour, only make it a joy”. Continue reading

The Power of Inspiration, Imagination and Action

Recently I was interviewed by Paul Harvey of www.market-that.com on the subject of How to Manage in Troubled Times.  I spent an enjoyable hour basically sharing with people how I manage my own worries and concerns, what I’ve learnt to do that works, and what doesn’t work, and inviting people to try some of the tools out for themselves.

One of the things I use is the power of my imagination. Continue reading